$7.46 million boost for Tasmanian tourism, jobs and wilderness

  • Media Release
01 October 2020

Tasmania will receive $7.46 million for iconic heritage and wilderness projects around the state as part of the Morrison Government’s $61.7 million budget spending on environmental restoration and recovery measures through the $1 billion COVID Relief Fund.

The Overland Track, Walls of Jerusalem, Cascades Female Factory, Brickendon Estate and Woolmers Estate will receive funding as part of a $33.5 million package of tourism infrastructure site upgrades.

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said that this investment would create jobs, boost local tourism and preserve our environment.

“Tasmania's iconic world and national heritage sites are the envy of the world and the lifeblood of many of our regional communities across the state,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“The Overland Track and Walls of Jerusalem are giants on Tasmania's nature tourism landscape and the unparalleled wilderness experience these areas offer is the reason why so many travellers choose to visit our island over other destinations.

“Cascades Female Factory, Brickendon Estate and Woolmers Estate are heritage icons, and it's important we preserve these attractions to maximise their tourism offerings.

“This funding will ensure that the visitor experience matches Tasmania's spectacular heritage and natural beauty and help to future-proof what's special for years to come.”

This Budget funding for Tasmania is in addition to the $13.5 million announced earlier this week through the $50 million Recovery of Regional Tourism package, the $200 million Building Better Regions Fund and $100 million Regional Recovery Partnerships program that Tasmania will share in.

Heritage projects

TASMANIA

$7,461,055

Project

Description of work

Funding

Tasmanian Wilderness - Overland Track Huts redevelopment (Windemere and Kia Ora huts)

Construct walker accommodation at three nodes along the Track. Economic stimulus through initial construction phase in addition to safeguarding an estimated $16 million in tourism expenditure and 85.6FTE jobs

$3,839,000

Tasmanian Wilderness - Walls of Jerusalem Recreation Zone Plan implementation

Build a new camping area and amenities to prevent camping at Dixon Kingdom Hut which holds heritage values and is being adversely impacted by camping within its structure. Project will provide dedicated tour group infrastructure that supports 14 commercial walking tour companies.

$965,000

Brickendon Estate -
Tourism Development Plan implementation

Removal of commercial farming activity from the heritage precinct by constructing a new shearing shed and yards in a different area of the farm. Conservation works on an 1830s shearing shed and yards will also be undertaken to improve the tourism offer.

$400,000

Cascades Female Factory – History and Interpretation centre

Construction of a new History and Interpretation Centre (visitor centre) to provide an enhanced visitor experience. Employment of local contractors and consultants during construction phase. Project will support the tourism sector in the long term.

$2,023,755

Woolmers Estate -
Farm Stables and Heritage Machinery

Preserve a large heritage building and an associated heritage farm equipment through physical conservation works. Engagement with local service providers.

$233,300

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